MWC 2017 announcements have begun. The LG G6, Huawei P10, P10 Plus are some of the big phones that have been launched. But two old timers making a comeback this year at BlackBerry and Nokia. BlackBerry has already launched the KeyOne smartphone on February 25. Today, we’ll be getting our first look at the Nokia 6’s international variant, the Nokia 5, Nokia 3, and the classic Nokia 3310, which is supposed to come in a contemporary form. HMD Global is streaming the event live from its YouTube page, and there’s a 360 live as well. The event starts at 9.00 pm IST.
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Here are the live updates from the HMD Global Nokia event:
10.06 pm: One last thing it seems: Nokia 3310 makes a comeback in a variety of colours, a tweaked design. And yes, the never ending battery life. So when is it coming to India? Well mostly likely in the second quarter, if you go by what they said today.
10.00 pm: Ok so Snake game is back on Facebook Messenger.
9.56 pm: So we just saw a video on Nokia and HMD Global’s marketing video. Of course, most people are still wondering: Is Nokia 3310 happening?
9.51pm: Basically Nokia and HMD Global just declared war in the low-end, mid-range segment. Remember these phones run pure Android, which is a big plus point. Plus they’re sporting a premium build. Oh and they will get Google Assistant.
9.48pm: Nokia 3 has a 5-inch HD display, Gorilla Glass, and comes with an 8MP selfie camera. Price 139 Euros. All of these devices will be available from Q2 of 2017. All phones run pure Android Nougat.
9.45pm: Nokia 6 has a special art black version; glossy just like the iPhone 7 Jet Black. Nokia 5 also announced but a smaller 5.2-inch display. Nokia comes in blue, copper, black and silver colours. Price 189 Euros.
9.44pm: Nokia 6 was sold out in 23 seconds in China in the first sale; customer satisfaction is apparently at 97 per cent claims HMD Global. Also says most people who bought the phone are the younger generation, first-time Nokia buyers, claims the company.
9.41 pm: We’re getting a video on how Nokia phones are designed. But let’s face it we’re still waiting to see the actual phones.
9.33pm: “You will find the true Nokia attributes in our devices,” says HMD Global CEO.
9.30 pm: HMD Global CEO is on stage right now. Get ready for the Nokia smartphones. Nokia phones will be made by Foxconn.
9.26 pm: “We want to get closer to consumers:” Nokia CEO. Talks of Nokia Watch, Nokia Home hub and enabling consumers.
9.25 pm: Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri now on stage. “We’ve achieved many things in our 150 year history. One thing for us is to create technology that will help connect the world.”
9.22 pm: Withings Products will now carry the Nokia brand name; this will take place from the summer of 2017. Could mean a big boost for these fitness trackers, etc. There’s also a new Nokia Health Mate app as well.
9.20pm: Now the focus shifts to how Nokia is working on the realm of healthcare. For those who don’t know, Nokia owns Withings, which has been building products around healthcare.
9.17 pm: Nokia talking about Ozo, their 360-degree camera for virtual reality.
9.15 pm: Nokia’s livestream is well not functioning properly on Facebook. Switch to YouTube for the live. On YouTube this stream is live in 360-degree.
9.02 pm: Finally the sound is back, and the Nokia HMD Global event has begun
9.00 pm: Nokia’s livestream has begun on Facebook, but there’s a sound problem it seems.
8.30pm: Nokia 6 has already launched in China, and what we’re getting today is the international variant. The phone sports a 5.5-inch display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor, 4GB RAM+64GB storage, 16 MP rear camera+8MP front camera and 3000 mAh battery.
8.22 pm: So what we’re expecting at the Nokia event are four new phones: Nokia 6, Nokia 5, Nokia 3 and the iconic Nokia 3310, but in a modern form. According to our own report, Nokia’s 3310 could be available in India by May, and will come in an array of colours.
7.55 pm: The new phones are not exactly manufactured and sold by Nokia. In fact, HMD Global, another Finnish company, has licensed the Nokia brand to develop, build and sell new devices. However, Nokia is expected to have some say in the quality of the final products.